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Newspaper Asks For Donations — Would You Chip In?

Seattle residents might not be able to read a paper over their morning Starbucks for much longer. Thanks to its inability to make money, the Seattle Post Intelligencer's days in print are numbered. But staffers want dedicated readers and philanthropists to keep it alive online. While there are already many online news outlets, reporters hope that the community values journalism that provides more than a superficial survey of local events.

The Seattle P-I is using MinnPost as an example. That outlet makes money from philanthropic support, membership contributions, and advertising. The paper (can we call it that, still?) operates on the assumption that high-quality journalism is not a consumer good, but a community asset.

Would you be willing to donate money for reports, until traditional newspapers figure out a business model?


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